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Paris to Ban All Fuel Burning Cars from the City by 2030

October 13, 2017

The French Capital to Ban All Fuel Burning Cars from the City by 2030

In the quest to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050, the ‘city of lights’ wants all fuel-guzzling vehicles off the city-centre’s roads by 2030. This announcement was made by the mayor of Paris at a climate forum earlier this week, even though it is yet to officially adopt the proposal.

“This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases,” said Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for transport policy at the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

“Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers, so we are planning an exit from internal combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030,” he told France Info radio. The French capital, which will host the 2024 Olympic Games already proposed an end to diesel cars in the city, along with three other major cities by the time of the Olympics.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government has promised to banish all petrol and diesel-fueled cars from the world’s most visited city by 2040 on a previous occasion, but Paris City Hall said in this week’s statement that this required speedier phase-outs in large cities such as Paris.

Smog in Paris 2016 – According to experts the city has suffered its most serious surge in air pollution for a decade.

In recent years, Paris City Hall faced a lot of criticism over the establishment of car-free zones, car-free days and fines on cars more than 20 years old. According to the authorities, city residents should not see this plan as a ‘ban’ on regular cars, but rather their intent is to introduce a feasible deadline by which combustion-engine cars would be phased out in their latest announcement.

Elsewhere in Europe various major cities are following suit in the trend to get rid of fossil fuel cars. Oxford, the first UK city to do so, plans to restrict diesel and petrol cars from various central parts of the city from 2020 onwards, and in an effort to cut emissions in the country, the Netherlands will also be forbidding combustion engine cars by 2030.

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